Tony Groat, executive vice-president of American Work Platform Training (AWPT), IPAF’s North American subsidiary, noted that four of 27 aerial work platform fatalities last year came from tipovers. Groat urges users to know clearly who’s responsible for checking ground conditions before and during use of aerial work platforms.
Whiteman noted that IPAF’s operator training program 85,605 operators last year and that in March, the organization issued its 500,000th yellow “Powered Access License” qualified operator’s card.
NCCCO Announces Two New Certification Programs
Graham J. Brent, executive director of the NCCCO announced that the organization is extending its range of crane-related certifications by developing programs to certify lift directors and operators of digger derricks. Both new certification programs will be ready to go by next spring, said Brent.
|Enlarge ImageDemonstration of the crane operator practical exam.
The NCCCO certification program, begun in 1996, is now recognized by ANSI, federal OSHA, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the federal Department of Defense, and the federal Department of Energy.
NCCCO first focused on certifying crane operators, but has expanded its offerings to also certify others working in crane-related jobs. Its certifications now cover: mobile crane operators, towercrane operators, overhead crane operators, articulating crane operators, signalpersons, riggers, and crane inspectors.
Brent said the ANSI B30.5 code’s defining of the lift director position gave rise to the new program to certify people serving in that capacity.
The program to certify digger derrick operators grew out of OSHA’s defining the equipment as a type of crane and from a request by key manufactures of the equipment, he said.
During the press conference, the NCCCO demonstrated part of the standardized practical examination crane operators must pass to earn certification. Using a telescopic-boom crane donated by Coast Crane Company, Seattle, Wash., an operator artfully maneuvered a test weight through a prescribed zigzag path to meet one of the practical test’s standardized skill requirements. NCCCO's Joel Oliva emphasized that the standards for all exams are strictly defined so that all operator taking the test anywhere in the country must meet exactly the same requirements.